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  • Latest update: July 2019
  • Next scheduled: July 2020

  • About this company:

    Marubeni was founded in 1848, and is headquartered

  • Landbank
    320,000 hectares
  • Market cap:
    11,345,541,537 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    8002.T
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    8002:JP
  • ISIN:
    JP3877600001
  • Website:

Company assessment: Marubeni – July 2019

Assessment date:

Total: 52.6% 60 / 114
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      1. Sustainable forestry policy or commitment for all its operations?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Sustainability Management Committee. The Chairman of the Committee is named, and listed as Managing Executive Officer, Member of the Board

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      4. One or more board members have responsibility for sustainability?

      Three members of the Board are part of the Sustainability Management Committee

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (10%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women in senior management team?

      5.9%

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      7. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      8. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to improve forest management or transparency?

      The company is a member of the UN Global Compact and discloses to CDP.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      9. Activities with government, NGOs or academic institutions to improve the sustainability of forest products?

      The company provides an example of supporting a REDD+ project in Laos along with various institutions including Waseda University, but limited details are given and the project does not appear to be in an area where the company has plantations or related operations

    • No
      0 / 1

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company states it recognises the impact climate change is likely to have on its businesses and finances and it is in the process of conducting a climate risk assessment analysis

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      11. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, mills and traceability Landbank, mills and traceability
    8.5 / 18 47.2%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      Australia (plantation), Indonesia (plantation and processing facilities)

    • 13. Total area of natural forest designated for wood/wood fibre production (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      14. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      140,000 - The company states it has a total area of 320,000 ha out of which 140,000 ha are tree plantations

    • 15. Area of plantation/natural forest within outgrower schemes (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't use outgrower schemes for wood/wood fibre production

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      16. Unplanted (areas designated for future development as plantation forest) (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      17. Conservation set-aside and/or HCV area (ha)?

      50,840 - Figure includes HCV and conservation areas reported in the FSC reports of the two subsidiaries, WAPRES (3,547 ha) and Musi Hutan (47,293 ha)

    • 18. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't have any intact forest landscapes within its landbank

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      19. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      2

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      20. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      Maps for the company's subsidiary PT MHP are published on Global Forest Watch but these maps do not cover the company's whole operations. WAPRES has static map on its website

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      21. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Forest Management Plan is available for WAPRES

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      22. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

      Forest Management Plan and monitoring is available for WAPRES

    • 23. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on use rights (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 24. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on forest management (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 25. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on timber harvesting (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      26. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      3 - The company controls one pulp mill through its subsidiary PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper (PT TEL) in Indonesia and two paper mills through its subsidiaries Koa Kogyo Co. Ltd. and Fukuyama Paper Co. Ltd. in Japan

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      27. Maps or addresses of company owned pulp and paper mills?

    • 28. Number of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

    • 29. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      30. Number of supplier mills?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. Maps or addresses of supplier mills?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      32. Procedures to trace raw materials to country of harvest?

      The company has FSC and PEFC CoC certificates that cover traceability for FSC/PEFC certified materials. A separate process for non-certified materials could not be found

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company has FSC CoC certificates that only covers traceability for FSC certified materials. A separate process for non-certified materials could not be found

    • No
      0 / 2

      34. Percentage of supply traceable to country level (above 80%)?

      The company has many CoC certificates however percentage of certified procurements could not be ascertained. Procedure to trace non-certified products is not disclosed

    • No
      0 / 2

      35. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level (above 75%)?

      The company has many CoC certificates however percentage of certified procurements could not be ascertained. Procedure to trace non-certified products is not disclosed

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    5.5 / 10 55%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      36. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      37. Zero conversion commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • 38. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      39. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      40. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      Methodology for monitoring deforestation is unclear and only covers parts of the operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      41. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      42. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1

      43. Examples of species and/or habitat conservation management?

    • No
      0 / 1

      44. Implementing a landscape-level approach to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      45. Identified species of conservation concern referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • 46. Commitment to sustainably manage the use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      47. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    3 / 7 42.9%
    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      48. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      The company does not have a direct commitment to conduct HCV assessments across all of its operations. However, the company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      49. HCV commitment applies to all sourcing?

      The company has committed not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • 50. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      This indicator is disabled until sufficient number of HCV ALS licensed assessors are available for the location where the company operates

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      51. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      52. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      53. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach?

    • 54. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it hasn't expanded its plantation area since April 2015

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      56. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available?

      One SEIA assessment and management plan is available within the Forest Management Plan for the company's subsidiary, WAPRES

    • 57. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on impact assessments (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

  • Soils, fire and GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs
    5 / 10 50%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      58. Commitment to best management practices for soils and/or peat?

    • 59. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • 60. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not have landbank on peat

    • 61. Commitment on peatland planting applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't have suppliers with landbank on peat

    • 62. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not have landbank on peat

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      63. Evidence of best management practices for soils and/or peat?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      64. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company's "no burn policy" only relates to tropical forest areas and the company's Australian subsidiary uses burning in certain circumstances

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      65. Commitment to zero burning applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. Details/number of hotspots/fires in FMUs controlled by the company?

    • No
      0 / 1

      68. Time-bound commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      69. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

      The company reports general group emissions figures, but none specifically relating to its forestry operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      70. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      GHG Protocol

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management
    6 / 12 50%
    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      72. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD and COD)?

      The company states to have met local legal water quality standards for BOD and COD for one of its pulp and paper mill

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      73. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      74. Commitment to protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      Preserving waterways through buffer zones is a part of Forest Management Plan of WAPRES only

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      75. Evidence of treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

    • 76. Evidence of sawmill run-off containment and wastewater treatment?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      77. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      The company only has a general commitment to reduce water use and a specific time-bound target that relates only to the company's head office

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      78. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      79. Commitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      80. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

      Commitment does not cover all operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      81. No use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      82. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      83. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      IPM has been implemented in WAPRES FMU

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      84. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

      Some of the chemicals used are published in the FSC Audit report however this does not cover all of the company's operations

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    13.5 / 22 61.4%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      85. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration on Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      86. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      87. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses the rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples as established by the ILO Convention 169

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      88. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

      The company commits to respect legal and customary property rights only in relation to FPIC

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      89. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      91. Details of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      92. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1

      94. Commitment to support the inclusion of women across forestry operations, including addressing barriers faced?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • 96. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on population rights (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      98. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      99. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment and occupation?

    • 100. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on labour regulations (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      1,540 - Figure as of 2017

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

      26.8% - This figure refers to the percentage of female employees in 2018, across the company (not just specifically relating to timber and pulp operations)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

      Only has policy for payment of legally mandated minimum wage and endeavouring to pay at least a living wage as per basic supply chain sustainability policy. No evidence provided

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      104. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      105. Commitment to address occupational health and safety, referencing the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work?

      The company commits to securing safety and health in the workplace, but does not refer to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      106. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.36 - The company reports a lost-time injuries frequency rate of 0.36. Data as of 2018

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      107. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      0 - The company reports that the number of fatal occupational accidents in 2018 was zero

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    4.5 / 14 32.1%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      109. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% third-party legality verification of FMUs or achieved?

      The company has two FMUs, WAPRES is fully FSC certified in Australia and PT Musi Hutan Persada is fully IFCC (PEFC) certified in Indonesia

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      110. Time-bound plan to source only wood/wood fibre that is in legal compliance verified by a third party?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      111. Percentage area (ha) verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

      100% - The company has two FMUs, one of which is fully FSC certified in Australia and the other one is fully IFCC (PEFC) certified in Indonesia

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      112. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

    • No
      0 / 1

      113. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs or achieved 100% FSC-certification of FMUs?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      114. Commitment to source only wood/wood fibre that meets FSC Controlled Wood requirements?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      26,065 (8.1%) - Only the company's Australian subsidiary, WAPRES is FSC FM certified (26,065 ha) out of the company's total landbank (320,000 ha)

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      116. Percentage of wood/wood fibre supply from outgrower scheme and/or independent suppliers that is FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      117. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed that are FSC certified (above 75%)?

    • Yes
      2 / 2

      118. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified (excluding FSC certified area)?

      96.2% - The company's Indonesian subsidiary, PT MHP is fully PEFC certified (296,400 ha) and the company's total landbank is 320,000 ha

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    3 / 4 75%
    • 119. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers

    • 120. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      121. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      The company has a document outlining its procedure for managing non-compliance with the parts of its Basic CSR Policy that relate to labour standards. It also has a compliance manual outlining several compulsory commitments, such as legal compliance and respect for human rights

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      122. The company has a Due Diligence System (DDS)?

      DDS is available for WAPRES only

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      123. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company outlines criteria for considering exclusion of a supplier in relation to compliance with the labour standards set out in its Basic CSR Policy, but not for other parts of this policy

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      124. Percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company requirements?

      The company reports that as of 31st March 2018, there were no business partners that did not comply with its supply chain labour standards (it clarifies that business partners include "Group companies, suppliers, service providers, contractors, third-party manufacturers, JV partners and outsourcing partners"). Reporting on compliance to other parts of the company's policies was not found

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • 126. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on legal registration (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      127. Disclosure of the company's management approach to tax and payments to governments?

    • 128. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on taxes, fees and royalties (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      129. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      130. Own grievance or complaints system open to all stakeholders?

      The company has an"Anti-Corruption Hotline" and "Door of Courage" to report non-compliance with company guidelines. However, it is not open to external stakeholders

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      131. Details of grievances disclosed?

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Scoring criteria: Marubeni

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